Watering Guide

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Watering Guide

The amount of water a tree needs depends on many factors, including the age and species of the tree, the time of year, weather and soil type. As a rule, newly planted and young trees require more frequent watering than older, well-established trees. Below are some basic watering instructions that can also be downloaded.

Tree Watering Instructions for Newly Planted Trees

A) Form a slight basin around the tree to encourage water retention.
B) Water regularly, once a week, slowly with a hose to ensure deep root
watering. Do not rely on lawn irrigation or rainfall, they are not adequate.
C) * Burlap & wire (smaller trees) need approximately 25 gallons per
watering to ensure complete rootball saturation.
* Truck spaded trees require 50 gallons per week.
D) Year #1 weekly watering until October 15th. Year #2 bi-weekly watering
May — October 1st
E) Keep mowers, weed eaters, and animals far away from the trunk of your
tree. They can be deadly!
F) Liquid root stimulator can be beneficial at time of planting to encourage
new root growth. Additional fertilizer is not necessary until a year later.
It is also OK to put hardwood mulch / chips around the tree, but DO NOT
mound onto the trunk. Only 1-2” of mulch is necessary to help retain
moisture and keep weeds down.
G) Trees are alive! If you don’t take the watering instructions seriously,
the trees will dehydrate and can die. Dogwood Hills Tree Farm will
not consider a replacement for a failed tree if these instructions are
not followed.


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